Opinion

Bream has shown she’s ‘real McCoy’

Letters to the Editor

As a property owner and Realtor, I’ve seen the mess caused by reassessment and the large tax increases piled on by the county and most municipalities. Pension funding neglect will be driving up property taxes, too. The Altoona Area School District has nearly $200 million in pension debt at ...

Graduates: remember your ‘peeps’

Opinion

This year’s graduates have come of age during two decades of the most intense change this planet has ever known — in all its billion years imagining and reforming itself. For this year’s graduates, change isn’t just constant. It’s both constant and exponential — happening so fast ...

Merger worthy of study

Editorials

Whether or not two Blair County volunteer fire companies — Pinecroft of Antis Township and Excelsior of Bellwood Borough — ultimately merge, an upcoming study examining the feasibility of combining the two departments stands to benefit the municipalities that they serve. The study, which ...

Ward can work with both sides of aisle

Letters to the Editor

In order for our state government to work effectively for the people, our elected leaders must become educated about the subject being considered and vote for the betterment of their constituents. The ability to reach across the aisle has been one of Judy Ward’s strengths, as we in Blair ...

Schmitt will make our voices heard

Letters to the Editor

We need a strong, conservative leader who can effectively represent our interests in Harrisburg. Lou Schmitt is the man for the job. He has been a fighter, a leader and, most importantly, a winner throughout his entire life. He grew up poor on Dutch Hill in Altoona, the oldest of nine ...

Bream will help bring spending under control

Letters to the Editor

I’ve been a hardworking employee in the cleaning business most of my life, but I keep seeing my take-home check getting smaller because the government is taking more and more. My big sister, Sharon Bream, is running for state representative to help get restraint back into the discussion ...

Haight will work for positive change

Letters to the Editor

In the past few months, I have had the opportunity to evaluate the candidates for the Republican state committee. I would like to take this opportunity to personally endorse Trish Haight. Haight is a retired realtor and construction executive. She has worked with my husband in Frankstown ...

Joyce stands for up Second Amendment

Letters to the Editor

Our Second Amendment rights are under attack by the liberals on the left. As I am sure you have seen in his television ads, John Joyce is a strong proponent of our right to bear arms. Joyce is a life-member of the NRA and will not allow any changes to the Second Amendment of our great ...

Like McGinnis, Bream will fight for military

Letters to the Editor

We have been strong supporters of John McGinnis. One of the reasons for our support of Rep. McGinnis is his complete dedication and loyalty to the military. We have proudly served our country. I served for 12 years, and my husband served for 22 years in the United States Army. Sharon Bream ...

Responsibility is what drives Creek

Letters to the Editor

I support Chris Creek for 80th District state representative. Many issues we complain about are of our own doing. Many people vote for a name they have heard before. Many vote for someone that seems to be friendly or vote on emotion. Is this how you pick an employee, friend or someone to ...

Wells Fargo’s big mess

Editorials

Big government’s standard answer for any problem is to insist it needs more power, usually in the form of additional burdensome regulations. Time and time again, however, the public sees clearly that the problem is ineffective enforcement of existing rules. The ongoing scandal involving ...

Be wary of politicans who say they’re pro-life

Letters to the Editor

When a politician says he or she is pro-life,what do they mean? I believe life begins at conception and ends at death. Most politicians that claim they are pro-life really mean they are against abortion. When they get elected and begin voting on life issues concerning our youth, such as ...

Ward has always put her constituents first

Letters to the Editor

When I think of leadership, I think of characteristics such as integrity, a strong work ethic ethic and humility. I have served with Judy Ward over the last four years in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, and she exemplifies these characteristics. Ward is a strong advocate for ...

Bream checks many boxes for election

Letters to the Editor

I have known Sharon Bream for years. The words I would use to describe her are determined, hard-working, honest and conservative. Bream’s determination will allow her to fight the important issues in Harrisburg, one being economic growth — jobs. Bream has always worked hard as an ...

Schmitt would make 79th a better place

Letters to the Editor

I have known Lou Schmitt for many years. During that time, I have watched him excel in sports and mature and develop into an exceptional lawyer. The common thread woven through this man’s life is the fact that he remains true to his roots. Schmitt has always been a regular guy who ...

Joyce will solve Medicare problems

Letters to the Editor

As a practicing physician in Blair County for over a decade, I recognize that it is time that we elect someone who understands the problems that patients face with Medicare. To have a representative who is understanding of Medicare and how it affects the patients and our community puts John ...

Creek will stick with his conservative values

Letters to the Editor

The Republican ballot for the state representative for the 80th District has an outstanding candidate in Chris Creek. We met Creek as he was working in the rural communities of Blair County and surrounding areas. We found him to be a practical problem solver who would work past normal ...

Gregory will commit himself full-time

Letters to the Editor

Part-time or full-time: Does it make a difference? Our two candidates are Jim Gregory and Chris Creek. Gregory will be running to serve full-time with no other vocational commitments while his opponent has stated that he will stay in his current non-public position. What’s being offered? ...

Strength, family helped writer endure

Letters to the Editor

It was so upsetting to read Jane Krepich’s article on the terrible bullying that she endured during her school years. There is no doubt in my mind that because of Krepich’s strong Christian, family and moral beliefs, she was not only able to instill these values in her children, but she ...

Gregory understands what district needs

Letters to the Editor

I have had the privilege of knowing and working with Jim Gregory. I have known Gregory as a parent, coach, political liaison and a community leader. He is a fellow school board member, and even though we represent different districts, he always has time to exchange thoughts and ideas. I am ...